58-1-501.  Unlawful and unprofessional conduct.

(1)  “Unlawful conduct” means conduct, by any person, that is defined as unlawful under this title and includes:

Terms Used In Utah Code 58-1-501

  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Forgery: The fraudulent signing or alteration of another's name to an instrument such as a deed, mortgage, or check. The intent of the forgery is to deceive or defraud. Source: OCC
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Nolo contendere: No contest-has the same effect as a plea of guilty, as far as the criminal sentence is concerned, but may not be considered as an admission of guilt for any other purpose.
  • Person: means :Utah Code 48-2e-1156
  • Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes a state, district, or territory of the United States. See Utah Code 48-2e-1156
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
(a)  practicing or engaging in, representing oneself to be practicing or engaging in, or attempting to practice or engage in any occupation or profession requiring licensure under this title if the person is:

(i)  not licensed to do so or not exempted from licensure under this title; or

(ii)  restricted from doing so by a suspended, revoked, restricted, temporary, probationary, or inactive license;

(b) 

(i)  impersonating another licensee or practicing an occupation or profession under a false or assumed name, except as permitted by law; or

(ii)  for a licensee who has had a license under this title reinstated following disciplinary action, practicing the same occupation or profession using a different name than the name used before the disciplinary action, except as permitted by law and after notice to, and approval by, the division;

(c)  knowingly employing any other person to practice or engage in or attempt to practice or engage in any occupation or profession licensed under this title if the employee is not licensed to do so under this title;

(d)  knowingly permitting the person’s authority to practice or engage in any occupation or profession licensed under this title to be used by another, except as permitted by law;

(e)  obtaining a passing score on a licensure examination, applying for or obtaining a license, or otherwise dealing with the division or a licensing board through the use of fraud, forgery, or intentional deception, misrepresentation, misstatement, or omission; or

(f) 

(i)  issuing, or aiding and abetting in the issuance of, an order or prescription for a drug or device to a person located in this state:

(A)  without prescriptive authority conferred by a license issued under this title, or by an exemption to licensure under this title; or

(B)  with prescriptive authority conferred by an exception issued under this title or a multistate practice privilege recognized under this title, if the prescription was issued without first obtaining information, in the usual course of professional practice, that is sufficient to establish a diagnosis, to identify underlying conditions, and to identify contraindications to the proposed treatment; and

(ii)  Subsection (1)(f)(i) does not apply to treatment rendered in an emergency, on-call or cross coverage situation, provided that the person who issues the prescription has prescriptive authority conferred by a license under this title, or is exempt from licensure under this title.

(2)  “Unprofessional conduct” means conduct, by a licensee or applicant, that is defined as unprofessional conduct under this title or under any rule adopted under this title and includes:

(a)  violating, or aiding or abetting any other person to violate, any statute, rule, or order regulating an occupation or profession under this title;

(b)  violating, or aiding or abetting any other person to violate, any generally accepted professional or ethical standard applicable to an occupation or profession regulated under this title;

(c)  engaging in conduct that results in conviction, a plea of nolo contendere, or a plea of guilty or nolo contendere which is held in abeyance pending the successful completion of probation with respect to a crime of moral turpitude or any other crime that, when considered with the functions and duties of the occupation or profession for which the license was issued or is to be issued, bears a reasonable relationship to the licensee’s or applicant’s ability to safely or competently practice the occupation or profession;

(d)  engaging in conduct that results in disciplinary action, including reprimand, censure, diversion, probation, suspension, or revocation, by any other licensing or regulatory authority having jurisdiction over the licensee or applicant in the same occupation or profession if the conduct would, in this state, constitute grounds for denial of licensure or disciplinary proceedings under Section 58-1-401;

(e)  engaging in conduct, including the use of intoxicants, drugs, narcotics, or similar chemicals, to the extent that the conduct does, or might reasonably be considered to, impair the ability of the licensee or applicant to safely engage in the occupation or profession;

(f)  practicing or attempting to practice an occupation or profession regulated under this title despite being physically or mentally unfit to do so;

(g)  practicing or attempting to practice an occupation or profession regulated under this title through gross incompetence, gross negligence, or a pattern of incompetency or negligence;

(h)  practicing or attempting to practice an occupation or profession requiring licensure under this title by any form of action or communication which is false, misleading, deceptive, or fraudulent;

(i)  practicing or attempting to practice an occupation or profession regulated under this title beyond the scope of the licensee’s competency, abilities, or education;

(j)  practicing or attempting to practice an occupation or profession regulated under this title beyond the scope of the licensee’s license;

(k)  verbally, physically, mentally, or sexually abusing or exploiting any person through conduct connected with the licensee’s practice under this title or otherwise facilitated by the licensee’s license;

(l)  acting as a supervisor without meeting the qualification requirements for that position that are defined by statute or rule;

(m)  issuing, or aiding and abetting in the issuance of, an order or prescription for a drug or device:

(i)  without first obtaining information in the usual course of professional practice, that is sufficient to establish a diagnosis, to identify conditions, and to identify contraindications to the proposed treatment; or

(ii)  with prescriptive authority conferred by an exception issued under this title, or a multi-state practice privilege recognized under this title, if the prescription was issued without first obtaining information, in the usual course of professional practice, that is sufficient to establish a diagnosis, to identify underlying conditions, and to identify contraindications to the proposed treatment;

(n)  violating a provision of Section 58-1-501.5; or

(o)  violating the terms of an order governing a license.

(3)  Unless otherwise specified by statute or administrative rule, in a civil or administrative proceeding commenced by the division under this title, a person subject to any of the unlawful and unprofessional conduct provisions of this title is strictly liable for each violation.

Amended by Chapter 318, 2018 General Session